Case Studies

Little Lulu’s

Little Lulu’s, Designed by Catriona Alfaham, is an eco-friendly brand of luxury leather baby shoes. Handmade by a master craftsman in Italy in the finest soft Italian nappa (lamb/kid skin). The ‘pram shoes’ or ‘pre-walkers’ are aimed at babies aged up to 18 months. With a love of shoes, Catriona knew from an early age sheRead more

100th Start Up Loan – Firehouse Fitness

Finance For Enterprise’s 100th Start Up Loan client, Firehouse Fitness, was established by Robert McGuigan and Dennis Roebuck; both serving firefighters for South Yorkshire Fire Service. Starting from a local rugby field and with limited equipment, the first Firehouse Fitness session received a great response. Increasing popularity on a week to week basis, Robert andRead more

Be X Fitness

Be X Fitness is operated by Kevin Yates and Daniel Summerson. They ran a gym business in Cudworth, Barnsley and identified additional premises to expand and further grow the business on Penistone Road, close to the centre of Sheffield. They each have 15 years experience of working in the fitness industry and devised a business planRead more

Totally Tipi

Totally Tipi

Totally Tipi creates giant tipi event spaces as an alternative to traditional marquees for weddings and corporate events. The idea comes from Sweden and has grown in popularity in the UK over recent years. They can create a space large enough for 50-350 people including furniture and lighting. Laura Drury and Jay Ashton are directorsRead more

C J Signs

C J Signs Ltd started as a husband and wife team, specialising in vehicle wrapping and graphics. They soon established a healthy client base and increased staff to be incorporated as a limited company. Providing services to big name clients across the Sheffield City Region and into West Yorkshire, the need for more equipment andRead more

The Admin Centre

Entrepreneur Carl Windsor might not have been able to take his successful start-up business to the next stage if he hadn’t pursued alternative finance arrangements and found Finance For Enterprise. Carl was looking for finance in order to grow his venture the Admin Centre, a serviced office and business support service in Scunthorpe. Although hisRead more

Rejuvenated

Sheffield-based Kathryn Danzey is quickly increasing her share of the lucrative health and beauty market thanks to her innovative ideas – and support from Finance For Enterprise. Kathryn and her husband Robert set up Rejuvenated in 2003 to create revolutionary products for the beauty industry. Their ground-breaking Collagen Shots, an anti-ageing collagen drink, has wonRead more

Concave Horseshoe Company

When three times World Champion farrier Darren Bazin teamed up with Michael Dawes, an experienced technical engineer and designer of horseshoes and farrier related products, it was clear the duo had the credentials to create something special. The Concave Horseshoe Company was born and interest quickly grew throughout the industry in their top quality horseshoesRead more

The Perfect Smile

Andy Fairbanks, with 11 years of experience working in dental laboratories and clinics, wanted to create a high quality service in a professional environment for clients to enjoy. In September 2011 he opened Fairbanks Dental Laboratories offering a wide range of services including crowns, veneers, bridges and implants.  His services also include ‘The Smile Clinic’,Read more

APW Caravan Services

Early in March 2013 Paul Walton received a loan through the Start Up Loans for Young People, Sheffield City Region, which is part of a national initiative set up to help young people start their own businesses.  Paul, 25, received guidance and support through the Doncaster Chamber of Commerce prior to applying for funding.  TheRead more